A Note From the President


Published in January Issue             

So here we are at the start of 2018!

I hope you all had the opportunity to replenish your physical, mental and spiritual needs, and spend time with family and friends. I think many of you feel as I do and welcome the end of 2017; it being a year that was characterized with loud politics and powerful natural challenges and disasters, including more than our fair share of hurricanes, floods, drought, fires, polar vortexes, and even a “bomb cyclone” on the northeast! Let’s hope for peaceful skies and better politics over this coming year.

We as a society have a lot to look forward to in 2018.

I have just returned from a planning conference with the ASMBS Program Committee, under the leadership of Shanu Kothari, MD and Rich Peterson, MD and I can happily inform you that the preliminary plans for ASMBS Weekend, to be held June 14- 16 in New York City, and for ObesityWeek 2018, to be held this November in Nashville, are truly exciting! Both events will be jam-packed with clinically relevant courses, enlightening lectures, and provocative speakers.

For the first time, ObesityWeek will have a theme, which will be “The Heart.” This will enable us to dedicate a certain portion of educational activities on managing the cardiac component of metabolic syndrome, which has become such an important issue in the field of obesity. Top experts and practitioners from cardiology will be on hand to provide the
latest perspectives
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We are also expecting individuals who hail from these specialties to attend and learn from our educational activities, further expanding the healthy exchange of information and networking opportunities. There will be much to gain from such an innovative design to the program.

Cardiologists have traditionally been our natural allies: at the hospital bedside, in clinics, and in the research laboratories. Such attempts to collaborate in educational events of this nature can only serve to further strengthen this formidable bond, and better enhance our mutual patients’ wellbeing.

So, start making plans to attend and take part in these historic events!

Have a great month of January, and I will touch base with you next month. Meanwhile, if you have any comments or suggestions, please take advantage of the “Contact the President” link on the ASMBS website and I promise to expediently reply.

Samer